'World’s largest’ crappie contest Saturday

  • Updated: April 27, 2010 - 8:52 PM
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Among the judges Monday for the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest in the Twin Cities were, from left, Doug Peterson, Tom Mackin, Tim Carroll, Doug Grann, Jim Gallagher and Pete Wuebker. Entries were received from students in grades 4-12 from nearly every state and Canada. Winners will be publicly announced May 10.

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What's being billed as the World's Largest Crappie Contest will be held Saturday in and around Hayward, Wis., with thousands of dollars awarded to winners. A fundraiser for the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, the contest also marks the first day of open-water fishing in Wisconsin this spring for northern pike, walleye and bass.

First, second and third prizes in the crappie contest will be awarded in two categories, anglers 15 and younger and those 16 and older.

Registration is $10. Tickets are available at Holiday Stationstores in Duluth, Cloquet, Moose Lake, Hinckley, Pine City, North Branch, Forest Lake, Lindstrom, Cambridge, Mora and Rush City, Minn. Holiday Stationstores throughout northwest Wisconsin also have tickets. The contest begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday with a weigh-in at 2 p.m. at the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. Entries must be made by Friday night.

Turkey record?

Minnesota's spring turkey hunters continue to harvest birds at a record pace. Hunters bagged 6,446 birds as of Tuesday -- 1,024, or 19 percent, more than the same time last year. "That's a pretty big jump,'' said Eric Dunton, Department of Natural Resources turkey biologist. Dunton said the change in regulations that allows youths to buy licenses over the counter and the warm spring weather likely are responsible for the higher harvest.

"The bottom line is we have a strong and growing population of turkeys, and the harvest is a reflection of that,'' Dunton said. The season runs through May 27.

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